The University of Leeds is ranked amongst the world’s top 100 universities (QS World University Rankings 2010) and is a major economic and cultural contributor to the city and the region. The University’s vision is that by 2015, its distinctive ability to integrate world class research, scholarship and education will create a major impact on global challenges facing society, securing Leeds a place amongst the top 50 universities in the world.
With 8,800 staff (and over 30,000 students from 130 countries) the University of Leeds is one of the largest employers in the region, contributing £860m a year to the local economy. In The 2009 Times Higher Education’s student experience poll, in which more than 11,000 full-time undergraduate students gave their views on every aspect of university life, Leeds moved into the top 10 nationally, and came equal first in the category 'I would recommend my university to a friend'.
Leeds is one of the UK's top research universities, with more than 61% of research rated as 'world leading' or 'internationally excellent, The University has jumped 12 places up the rankings since RAE 2001 - one of the strongest track records of continuous commitment to excellence in the country. The university is home to an array of world class faculties, schools and institutes that contribute to this success, including:
• The Institute of Transport Studies (ITS) is the largest university-based transport teaching and research organisation in Europe.
• The School of Mechanical Engineering at Leeds is one of the UK's premier engineering research institutions and has consistently been ranked at the highest level in all UK Government Research Assessment Exercises to date.
• The Wellcome EPSRC Leeds Medical Engineering Centre (WELMEC) is the largest and most respected centre for medical engineering in the world.
• The Innovation Knowledge Centre for Regenerative Therapies and Devices (IKCRTD) is a unique Centre that brings businesses together with world-class experts to accelerate the commercial development of new medical technology products and services.
• The Centre for Socio-Technical Design aims to make Leeds a leader in the field of socio-technical systems design, creating processes and environments that marry an understanding of human behaviour with technical expertise.
• The Institute of Process Research & development (iPRD) was established to support the fine chemical and pharmaceutical industries by working with them to develop new processes and technologies to make chemicals more efficiently and cost-effectively. The team's aim is to establish iPRD as the automatic 'best partner' for innovative, collaborative research in the process chemical industries.
Leeds offers access to academic and student expertise to suit all organisations. Through well established channels such as student placements, graduate recruitment and Knowledge Transfer Partnerships, as well as specific research and development expertise, support for product and service innovation, rapid prototyping, commercialisation expertise and access to IP through licensing opportunities, patent development and new start up companies.
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